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Old Western Culture Webinar

Socrates, Plato’s mentor and the protagonist in his dialogues, is notorious for his repeated declaration of the Delphic oracle: γνῶθι σεαυτόν(Know Thyself).

To this end, another influential philosopher opined, “Whoever would make of himself a distinctive individual must be keen to perceive what he is not.”

In other words, what these writers understood is that we are unable on our own to clearly see our own biases, fallacious reasoning, or the true nature of our being.

To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, the reason it’s important to read old books is because we are all wrong in some respect, but each generation is wrong in its own way, and usually not about the same things.

We call this “the value of strangeness.”

It’s not until we enter into the great conversation with those strangers who lived at a different time, in a different place, and did not share our modern presuppositions, yet thought deeply about the human condition, that we are truly able to see into the mirror of the human experience and reflect on our own condition.

With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to join me and Roman Roads Media on Monday, July 17th, at 3pm PST for a look into that strange mirror of history.

I’ll provide  in the Old Western Culture, and then .

In this webinar

  • You’ll get a brief overview of the Greeks and Romans courses.
  • We’ll explore one of humanity’s greatest perennial questions by diving into a sample lesson from Plato’s Republic.
  • You’ll discover the significance of the Old Western Culture.
  • And you’ll learn why studying these great thinkers from the past is an important key to intuiting and understanding our present culture and our trajectory into the future.

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About Scott Postma

Scott is a writer and teacher living in North Idaho collecting more books than he'll ever read in a lifetime. While pursuing a PhD in Humane Letters, he shares valuable tips on writing and teaching, rich insights into theology and literature, and meaningful perspective on living a life of significance. You can subscribe to the tribe and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.